First Pick: Cthulhu Scarf, by Merelen (FREE!)
What’s not to love about a Cthulhu scarf? This first-time designer has produced a clear, simple pattern that captures the horror that is the Great One’s tentacled madness. The scarf is mostly garter stitch, with Cthulhu’s face in washcloth-style knits and purls.
Second Pick: Ziprelaxagon, by Kirsten Hall ($6.50)
Seriously, how OMG cool is this pattern? Perfect for all that gorgeous hand-painted sock yarn that tempts us sock knitters, then refuses to look pretty when we knit it up. Entrelac meets short rows and beauty results. The designer re-assures us that despite the tiled effect, the foot and leg are knit in one piece — no interminable ends to weave in. This one is definitely a challenge … but sometimes isn’t that just what you want?
Third Pick: Jardin Ruffled Cardi, by Nitza Coto ($6.50)
This is a sweet little cardi with pretty details. It reminds me a bit of Titania, which is one of my favorite sweaters. I would knit it in some slinky cotton/silk/bamboo yarn and wear it all spring.